On January 27, 2010, the Thomson changed its name to Technicolor SA (Société Anonyme), re-branding the entire company after its American film technology subsidiary. Thomson’s US subsidiary became Technicolor USA, Inc.


Today the company has offices in several countries including the US, Canada and around the EU. It is best described a conglomerate of several units. In 2019 they earned €3.900 billion. 

Technicolor began as Thomson, named after the electrical engineer Elihu Thomson, who was born in Manchester, England, on March 26, 1853. Thomson moved to Philadelphia, USA, at the age of 5, with his family. Thomson formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1879 with Edwin Houston. 

In 1982, both Thomson-Brandt and Thomson-CSF saw nationalization due to the efforts of François Mitterrand. Thomson-Brandt was subsequently renamed Thomson SA, and soon thereafter merged with Thomson-CSF. GE then sold the rights to make RCA, ProScan and GE-branded televisions and other consumer electronics products in 1988, to Thomson Consumer Electronics, in exchange for some of Thomson’s medical businesses. 

Technicolor also has an excellent animation team available for contract work. Today animation is increasingly automated with more advanced software technologies from the game industry.

In the film industry alone Technicolor has services for creators from pre-production onward. Some of the resources overlap what can be done with Avid’s professional resources. The studio has many graphics tools designed for high-end photograph and film productions.